Activity What was West Africa like in the 1500s?

Themes this can be used for:

West African History

What was West Africa like in the 1500s?
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Class discussion around objects and evidence.

Show pupils the selected objects. Discuss with the class the craftsmanship and detail, drawing out their responses eg:

  • What is the object made from?
  • What skills were required to make it?
  • What might it have been used for?

Play the two video extracts.

How do these different objects present a picture of Africa in the 1500s? Does this picture differ from pupils

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